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Highlights of Tuesday’s games across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system and a look ahead to Wednesday’s action.

Palm Beach and Peoria each put one in the win column on Tuesday, the latter behind an impressive mound performance by Jake Woodford. Memphis’ late rally fell short and Springfield was defeated in extras.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 24th.

 

Memphis 5 at Salt Lake City 7

Memphis (17-25) dropped a 7-5 decision to Salt Lake City in the road series opener.

Jeremy Hefner (L, 2-3) was hit hard early, giving up six runs in the initial two of his six-inning stint on 11 hits and two walks in all. He fanned five. 

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Corey Littrell struck out three in the seventh, his sixth straight scoreless outing (6 2/3 IP) since his promotion from Springfield.  Sam Tuivailala was charged with a run on a hit and two walks.

The Redbirds’ nine hits were distributed among six players, three with two each:  Patrick Wisdom, Greg Garcia and Dean Anna.  Wisdom doubled twice in four at bats with two RBI. Garcia and Anna both went 2-for-5 with a run scored, Garcia tripling once and Anna knocking in one. Wisdom and Garcia committed errors.

Wednesday’s game:  at Salt Lake City (25-18), 6:35 pm MT, Arturo Reyes (3-2, 4.58)

 

Midland 3 at Springfield 2 (10)

Springfield (24-21) fell 3-2 in 10 to Midland, the opener of their three-game series at Hammons Field.

Trailing 2-0 after five, the S-Cards sent the game into extras with single scores in the sixth and eighth.  Josh Lucas took his second loss against one win, yielding a run on two hits and a free pass in his only inning on the mound. 

Starter Andrew Morales tossed a strong effort, permitting two runs, one earned, on six hits over seven.  He struck out eight and did not issue a free pass.  Chris Perry faced the minimum twice, fanning two.

Bruce Caldwell, Alex Mejia and Paul DeJong had two hits apiece, Caldwell going 2-for-3 with a walk and his seventh home run of 2016, a solo bomb. 

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Midland (23-21), 6:30 pm CT, Corey Baker (2-1, 3.29)

 

Palm Beach 3 at Fort Myers 1

Matt Pearce led a quartet of Beach Birds’ hurlers that held the opposition to one unearned run in a series-opening win at Fort Myers, 3-1.

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Pearce (W, 5-1) compiled a solid performance, allowing an unearned tally on five hits and a base-on-balls in five.  He struck out two.  Kyle Grana (1 2/3), Landon Beck (1 1/3) and Rowan Wick (1 IP) each gave up a hit with Wick fanning two for his second save.

Palm Beach accumulated eight hits, led by Allen Staton, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI.  Blake Drake and Oscar Mercado both singled once in four at bats with a stolen base and touched home one time.

Wednesday’s game:  at Fort Myers (24-22), 7:05 pm ET, Ian McKinney (3-3, 2.94)

 

Peoria 4 vs. Kane County 0

Peoria (22-22) kicked off its three games against Kane County with a 4-0 victory.

Player of the Day Jake Woodford (W, 3-3) was outstanding, holding the opposition to four hits and a hit batsman over eight plus.  He fanned five with 10 ground- to four fly-ball outs.  Two of those four hits were back-to-back singles to begin the ninth, triggering a call for Jorge Rodriguez out of the bullpen.  Rodriguez K’d his first batter swinging before inducing a game-ending double play ball.

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The Chiefs backed Woodford’s effort by pushing across single tallies in the second through fourth before tacking on an eighth-inning run.  Jhonny Peralta was one of three players with two hits apiece, going 2-for-3 with a run scored in the fourth game of his rehab assignment.  Thomas Spitz singled twice in three at bats with a walk, crossing home twice and Magneuris Sierra singled and doubled in five at bats, driving in two.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Kane County (22-22), 7:00 pm CT, Junior Fernandez (3-3, 3.62)

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